Spelling Reform

Spelling Reform coverSpelling Reform: A New Approach

Submitter: I found this Australian spelling reform book in an American Public Library. The problematic cover notwithstanding, this book discusses the author’s unique approach to teaching spelling, by removing some vowels. There is a wiki page all about this – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SR1

Holly: Seems like an odd choice for an American public library for sure. That cover is an absolute abomination! White man’s magic?? The actual spelling reform idea is interesting, though – said becomes sed, ready becomes redy, heifer becomes hefer, friend becomes frend…spelling in English would be a lot easier to both learn and teach this way! The author would have to give up favourite for favorit, though.

The price we pay

Harry Lindgren



  1. The cover is absolutely appalling! This type of spelling reform has been around for a very long time. Funnily enough Melville Dewey was a phonetic speller and thought that teaching spelling was a waste of time. I really enjoy your website, always looking forward to the next title.

  2. The cover illustration is a satyr of the “white man’s” self-considered superio[u]r civilization has illogical and inferior elements that are overlooked by him (by extension, us). Presumably the jowly explorer/anthropologist stereotype dude is having a hard time explaining why the 3 English words, all consonant-“ough”, do not end with the same sounds.

    1. “The tough coughs as he ploughs the dough; then he gets the hiccoughs” !

  3. Yikes, that cover! I appreciate his point about even English speakers struggling with pronunciation – my sister wasn’t sure how to pronounce her own street name. Stoughton – is that Storton, Stowton or even Stuffton?

    1. Well, now I have to know which pronunciation was the correct one. I would have guessed “Stowton,” I think.

  4. Ugh, we have this in our academic library. I found
    it in mending and tried to get collections to get rid of it, to no avail. Glad others found it equally gross.

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